[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/15/art.odonnell.0914y.gi.jpg caption =" Could Christine O’Donnell’s victory in Delaware help Democrats fundraise?"](CNN) - In Delaware's Senate race, the upset on the Republican side of the ticket has been a boon for the Democrat. A campaign aide tells CNN Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons raised $40-50,000 online in the two to three hours after word broke that the Tea Party-backed Republican Christine O'Donnell would be his challenger.
The campaign also expects plenty of help from the White House. According to the aide, Vice President Biden called Coons last night and they expect the Vice President, whose seat Coons is trying to win, to campaign for him just as he did during the primary. Aides say President Obama also has an open invitation.
Coons is the county executive for Delaware's largest population center, New Castle county; until O'Donnell became the Repubilcan nominee, he was considered a longshot.
Now, national Democrats and the campaign are invigorated. Already his camp is branding Tea Party opponent Christine O'Donnell "extreme" and "way out of the mainstream". In a statement, Coons declared O'Donnells' victory a sign that "the Republican party is purging itself of moderate voices and embracing the radical," and adding, "Delawareans need a US Senator focused on creating jobs, not promoting bizarre conspiracy theories."
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Within an hour of O'Donnell's victory, the Coons campaign posted a huge picture of O'Donnell on their website – with the message, "Let's Show Delaware won't elect a Tea Party senator." The website now refers to O'Donnell as "One of Sarah Palin's newest "MamaGrizzlies" and warns O'Donnell will "roll back" women's rights and offers "ideology rather than a record."
In an ad currently running on Delaware cable channels, Coons is presented as a reformer who fought corruption and balanced New Castle's budget. The voiceover says, "Chris even cut his own pay. Today New Castle county has a Triple A bond rating". Following a pattern seen in other races around the country, Coons never identifies himself as a Democrat but instead ends saying "Chris Coons is running for Senate because we need new responsible leadership in Washington."
The two will be onstage together soon. The University of Delaware has an October 16th debate scheduled but a campaign aide says Coons is hopeful the two candidates will have their first chance to faceoff as early as tomorrow night. Hadassah, a Jewish organization, is hosting a candidate forum both Senate candidates are invited to attend.